TL: Did you always intend to be a game show host? If not, what was your original professional aspiration?
AT: Originally I think I wanted to be an actor. But I got into broadcasting by accident, if you will, because I needed money to pay for my college education. I applied for a summer announcing job at a couple of radio stations. I was turned down by two of them, but then the CBC hired me one summer and the rest is history.
TL: You often make guests appearances on TV shows and in movies playing yourself. What role would you love to play, other than yourself, if you had the chance?
AT: Freddy Kruger. Maybe not, let me take that one back.
Who would I like to play? Anything that would stretch me dramatically. It’s hard to say because I’ve been so fortunate in my career and comfortable in my own skin that I’ve been able to play myself rather well. It might be a little scary trying to be somebody else, but I’m willing to take a chance.
I would have loved to have a role in the HBO series Deadwood. It was Shakespeare in the Old West.
I’d love to play in one of the Law and Order-type shows. Law and Order was my favorite series, and now it’s cancelled. It’s going to be coming back as Law and Order: LA so I’d love to play a judge, a lawyer, even a criminal. It doesn’t matter, I’m not particular.